Every so often, the California Association of Realtors puts out information either through their continuing education for their agents or the different messages for agents to help their clients. I think this is one of the best they have done lately.
Being so important to qualify anyone who works on your home, their guideline how to judge the quality of a contractor you may hire is truly one of their best efforts. In my many years of being a Realtor, one of the biggest complaints I have experienced, my contractor sucks. I wish I had been more diligent in hiring them. Unfortunately, they ignored my recommendations and hired the cheapest bid in town.
Take it from an expert, almost every remodel I go through with my clients costs more than they estimated and occasionally breaks the budget. My advice, quadruple check any contractor’s references, their past clients, their license status until you feel exhausted by the process. Once achieving this level, check once more. I know this may be excessive, even redundant, but I can assure it is far worth more than the ounce of prevention its prevents.
I wish there was something simpler, and I know there are a huge number of great contractors out there, but there are just enough nightmares that take advantage of someone who doesn’t do their homework. Just remember, you will awake the next morning only to discover the drip on your face, your shoddy contractor will awake to deposit your check and it is just the beginning.
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